Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bid to bring down accidents on Kovalam-Kollam highway

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will step up enforcement in those stretches along the Kovalam-Kollam stretch of NH 47 where people are most accident prone. This is in view of the mounting road accidents in the corridor. Awareness drives will also be taken up, sources said.

Four persons travelling in a car from the airport to their home were killed in an accident involving two cars at Kadambattukonam early on Thursday. Driver fatigue and attempt to overtake another vehicle at a sharp curve reportedly resulted in the head-on collision. The lack of medians along many vulnerable stretches, failure of motorists to maintain lane discipline and misuse of high beam lights are posing problems despite efforts to rectifying engineering defects of these roads.

The MVD will undertake continuous enforcement along the Kadambattukonam-Chathanpara stretch to check over speeding, rash and negligent driving, jumping of yellow lines, dangerous overtaking and other offences.

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